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Why the Spreadsheet is Not to Blame

June 7, 2016 |

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Let’s All Stop Fighting the Spreadsheet Stats

A recent FEI study shows finance departments feel confident about their use of Excel. There’s no point in trying to pretend otherwise. If numbers don’t lie, why can’t some recognize the truth — at least about the connection between finance departments and ......

May 26, 2016 |

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How Spreadsheets Can Make you a Storyteller

Excel’s growth into other forms of analytics are a good reminder of why it will remain a foundational element in corporate finance and elsewhere. For a long time, the kinds of tools needed for “creative” types versus “business” types were pretty distinct. ......

May 8, 2016 |

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What Will Make ‘Team Excel’ Even More Boisterous

When baseball season starts each Spring, it doesn’t take long for die-hard fans to start donning caps, talking about their favourite players or, most importantly, defending their team from pre-emptive criticism. Surprisingly, finance experts treat Excel sp......

April 14, 2016 |

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Harry Potter and the Spreadsheets that Told His Future

When you hear the name J.K. Rowling, you probably think “Harry Potter,” “best-selling author” and possibly “imaginative.” The surprising thing is, you could just as accurately think “enterprise business,” “forecasting” and “spreadsheets.” After all, Rowlin......

March 30, 2016 |

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Inspirational Excel Spreadsheet Creativity for Finance Pros Everywhere

When the senior management team isn’t happy with the numbers that come out of the finance department — and this is bound to happen every now and then — there’s probably a temptation to say something along the lines of, “What do you want us to do? Paint you......

March 16, 2016 |

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These Extreme Use Cases of Excel Spreadsheets Just Prove Why They’ll Survive

When someone is really absorbed in studying an Excel spreadsheet, you could almost mistake them for being hypnotized. For a professional hypnotist like Paul McKenna, however, Excel is captivating for reasons that have little to do with financial spreadshee......

January 28, 2016 |

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It’s NEVER the Time to Move Away from Spreadsheets in the Consolidation Process

Recently I read an article that asked the question, “Is it time for your company to move away from spreadsheets for financial consolidation?” It’s a question that has been asked multiple times before, driving many software vendors to develop solutions that......

January 13, 2016 |

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The Inventors of Spreadsheets Know Exactly Why They’re Irreplaceable

A school like MIT has had so many illustrious graduates that it would be dangerously easy to overlook someone like Doug Kunder. Even in a year which marked the 30th anniversary of Microsoft Excel, there probably hasn’t been enough credit given to Kunder, r......

January 11, 2016 |

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The Mistake Everyone’s Making About Spreadsheet Errors

To err may be human, but for some financial software vendors, to keep using Excel is unforgivable. The latest salvo comes in the pages of Capitalism’s Dirty Secret, a report from U.K.-based financial consulting firm F1F9, which says 33% of large businesses......

November 4, 2015 |

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